In 2018, Trump Suggested Building A Wall Across Sahara To Curb Migration
Last year during a meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, President Donald Trump reportedly offered a suggestion for dealing with the migration crisis in Europe that was oddly similar to his plans back home.
Trump told Borrell that they should build a wall across the Sahara.
The president’s comments, as recounted by Borrell, were reported by news outlets in Spain at the time, according to The Washington Post, when the foreign minister told an audience “that Trump had compared the situation in northern Africa and the Mediterranean to that along the U.S. border with Mexico.”
Borrell said he was not supportive of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, adding that “Spanish diplomats had told Trump that the situation was considerably different in scale anyway” — a point with which Trump apparently disagreed.
According to Borrell, Trump responded that “the Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico."
In fact, the U.S.-Mexico border is approximately 1,900 miles long, while the Sahara is estimated to be about 3,000 miles from east to west, The Post reported.
It also cuts through numerous countries, including Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia.
The Post said it was unclear whether Trump was serious or merely joking when he made the suggestion, which reportedly occurred when Borrell joined Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the White House in June 2018.
The White House was silent on the matter.